CFP: [20th] Don DeLillo Society: American Literature Association (Boston, May 2009)

full name / name of organization: 
Mark Sample
contact email: 
msample1@gmu.edu

CFP: Don DeLillo and Play
Sponsored by the Don DeLillo Society
2009 American Literature Association Conference
Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-24, 2009

The groundbreaking work of Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois suggests that
play and games are a fundamental part of life, yet set apart from the
ordinary and the everyday, occupying a special preserve with unique
boundaries and rules. How does the work of Don DeLillo reaffirm or
challenge these classic notions of play? From the obvious football and
baseball themes of End Zone and Underworld to the understated language
games of The Names and performative play in Players and Running Dog, Don
DeLillo has repeatedly focused on games and play in a way that has
attracted little attention from scholars. The Don DeLillo Society seeks to
redress this gap and welcomes papers that explore the role of sports,
games, and play in DeLillo’s novels and stories.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts and a 1-page C.V. to Mark Sample at
msample1_at_gmu.edu by January 9, 2009.

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